College of International Relations
How to Apply for
American University-Ritsumeikan University Joint Degree Program(JDP)

Below is a summary of the application information. For full details please read the Application Handbook carefully. All the information you need to complete the application is written in the Handbook.

IMPORTANT

CONSIDERATIONS

Certification of Finances for International Students(CFIS)
Students who begin their studies at Ritsumeikan University(RU Home Students) will need to be able to submit CFIS in order to meet visa requirements to enter the United States and enroll American University(AU).
As of the 2017-2018 AU academic year, the amount they must be able to certify is 62,819USD. This amount is subject to increase each year based on the associated costs(such as tuition, mandatory fees, cost of living, etc.).

Admissions Schedule & Number of Students Accepted

April Enrollment

2020 April AO Admissions
Enrollment Period Application Period1st Screening Result Interview Notification of Final Results Number of Students Accepted
April 2020 Aug. 28, 2019–
Sep. 17, 2019
Nov. 7, 2019 Nov. 23, 2019-
Nov. 24, 2019
Dec. 12, 2019 5

Eligibility

Applicants must consider this JD Program as their first preference and MUST fulfill ALL of the following requirements.

1. Nationality Eligibility

Applicants must possess non-Japanese nationality.*

*Applicants who possess only Japanese nationality can apply if, by the time of enrollment, they have graduated or are to graduate from high schools/ senior secondary schools located abroad.

*Applicants who possess only Japanese nationality who have graduated/are to graduate from Japanese high schools can take a different entrance examination for this program. Refer to the website from here.

2. Academic Eligibility

 Applicants must fulfill ONE of the following educational criteria. 

  1. Have completed, before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University, a standard 12-year course curriculum, or an equivalent curriculum as designated by the Minister of MEXT (*1). Those who have completed a standard 12-year curriculum in less than 12 years with appropriate reasons, such as grade skipping or early graduation, will be regarded as having met the requirement. In order to prove their eligibility, applicants are required to submit an official document issued from their school explaining the reason for the early completion and details such as the skipped grade and date.

  2.  Have completed school education in a country where the curriculum is shorter than 12 years AND have completed a Japanese pre-university preparatory course accredited by the Minister of MEXT before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.

  3. Possess a qualification of the International Baccalaureate Diploma, Abitur, Baccalaureate, or GCE A-Level, that is recognized by universities outside of Japan as an entrance qualification before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.  

  4. Have passed an exam demonstrating equivalent academic ability to completion of a standard 12-year course curriculum outside Japan AND have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University. 

  5. Have completed a 12-year course curriculum at a school for international students accredited by an international accrediting organization (WASC, CIS or ACSI) or a school for international students in Japan accredited by the Minister of MEXT to be equivalent to a high school outside of Japan before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University.

  6. Have been recognized, through an individual screening review by Ritsumeikan University, as having an academic ability equivalent to or greater than that of a person who has completed high school, from their academic background and other qualifications, AND have reached 18 years of age before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University. The University recognizes applicants who graduate, before the enrollment date at Ritsumeikan University, from Korean senior schools (朝鮮高級学校 Chosen Kokyu Gakko) as having met this requirement.
    1. [NOTE]
      Applicants who wish to apply and are unsure if they meet the eligibility requirement must contact the International Admissions Office, three weeks prior to the start date of the application period that the applicant applies for.

      (*1) Applicants will be considered eligible if they have completed school education in a country where the curriculum is 11 years AND the country and school are approved by the Minister of MEXT.


    *For further details, please consult the Application Handbook which you can download from the top of this page.

3. English Proficiency Eligibility

Applicants must be able to demonstrate sufficient English ability to understand lectures in English.

In order to demonstrate sufficient English ability, applicants must take one of the tests listed below and achieve a score of at least the minimum score indicated below by the time of application.

TOEFL iBT®

Test

IELTS

 (Academic Module)

Pearson
Test of English

SAT

Critical Reading

80
(with 20
in each section)  
6.5
(with 6.0
in each component)
53 530

- The English tests must have been taken within the two-year period prior to the start date of the application period that the applicant applies for and the test score must be available during the application period.

- The University only accepts TOEFL iBT® scores from single test date, not MyBest™ scores.

- The University does not accept institutional tests such as TOEFL ITP® Test.

- Proof of English proficiency via TOEFL, IELTS, etc., is not required of applicants stated in a) or b) below. The applicants must contact Ritsumeikan University prior to the start date of the application period in order to confirm if they are eligible for this waiver.

a) Have been educated in U.S. regionally-accredited post-secondary institutions inside or outside the U.S. where English is the only medium of instruction AND where the student successfully completes two English college composition (non-ESL) classes with a "C" or higher;

b) Have graduated within the past two years, 4 years (grades 9, 10, 11 and 12 or equivalent) of secondary/high school(s) where English was the only medium of instruction with no ESL, in one of the following:

- U.S. regionally-accredited high schools inside or outside the U.S.

- In the following countries or in the educational systems of these countries where English was the only medium of instruction AND no ESL courses were taken.

(English-speaking countries include: UK, Ireland, Scotland, Australia, New Zealand, and Canada (except Quebec).)

- IB secondary schools inside or outside the U.S. In this case, the applicants must have completed both MYP and DP.

Application Documents

Applicants must submit the completed application forms and necessary supporting documents. Certain documents must be submitted online (via "Ritsu-Mate") while other documents must be submitted by post.

Please consult an illustrated flow chart in the Application Handbook which you can download from the top of this page.

1. Documents to be uploaded

  • Application Sheet 
  • Registration Form
  • Application Essays
  • Documents Proving English Proficiency
  • Evidence of  Application Fee Payment*
  • Photocopy of Passport 
  • Documents proving that you meet the university entrance eligibility requirements
  • Academic Transcripts

  • * Only applicable for bank transfer or convenience store payment

2. Documents to be posted

  • Letter of Reference

Application Fee

The University will not accept an application unless we are able to confirm receipt of the Application Fee by the designated application deadline.

Application fee: 5,000 Yen.

Please pay the application fee by bank transfer in Japanese yen from a financial institution or via "Ritsu-Mate" by credit card, convenience store (only in Japan), PayPal, or Alipay.

How to make payment

1.Ritsu-Mate

When making a payment by credit card, convenience store(only in Japan), Paypal, or Alipay, an additional 500 yen is charged, therefore, the total transaction amount is 5,500 yen.
To make a transaction, visit the Ritsu-Mate and follow the instructions.

You must submit a photocopy of the receipt, along with other application documents, if you make a payment at a convenience store.

2. Yen-denominated wire transfer from a financial institution outside of Japan

  • Amount to Transfer: 7,500 yen (5,000 yen for the application fee and 2,500 yen for bank commission in Japan)
  • Type of Transfer: Telegraphic Transfer Remittance
  • Purpose of Transfer: Application Fee Payment
  • Contact Information: Name of Applicant
  • Bank Name: SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION
  • Branch Name: Kyoto Branch
  • Account Name: Ritsumeikan University
  • Account Number: 5408448
  • Branch Address: 8 Naginatabokocho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto 6008008 JAPAN
  • Branch Telephone Number: +81-75-211-4131
  • SWIFT CODE: SMBCJPJT
  • Transfer Fees: To be paid by applicant

3. Yen-denominated wire transfer from a financial institution in Japan

  • Amount to Transfer: 5,000 yen
  • Type of Transfer: Telegraphic Transfer Remittance
  • Purpose of Transfer: Application Fee Payment
  • Bank Name: 三井住友銀行 (SUMITOMO MITSUI BANKING CORPORATION)
  • Branch Name: 京都支店 (Kyoto Branch)
  • Account Type: 普通(Futsu/ Savings Account)
  • Account Number: 5408448
  • Account Name: 立命館大学(リツメイカンダイガク)
  • Sender’s name: Applicant’s name
  • Transfer Fees: To be paid by applicant

Submitting Application Documents

Certain application documents must be submitted online(via "Ritsu-Mate") while other documents must be submitted by post. Please consult the Application Handbook for further details.

  • Ritsumeikan University
  • International Admissions Office
  • 56-1 Toji-in Kitamachi, Kita-ku, Kyoto
  • 603-8577 (or 603-8346), Japan
  • Tel: +81-75-465-8162

Screening Process


1st screening

The 1st screening will be conducted on the basis of a review of application documents.

2nd screening - Interview -

An interview will be conducted for applicants shortlisted in the 1st screening.
Details of the interview, such as the interview method, venue, date, and time, will be determined by the University and notified in an interview information sheet to the applicant along with the 1st screening result on the result notification date. Applicants cannot choose the interview method, venue, date or time.

The interview will be a web-based interview via SKYPE or a telephone interview.

  • Applicants do not need to come to Ritsumeikan University for the interview.
  • The University strongly recommends applicants to install Skype and familiarize themselves with the system before the interview.
  • Applicants who cannot use Skype must contact the International Admissions Office.

    Final Result

    The University will make an overall assessment based on 1st screening and 2nd screening.

    Notification of Results

    • Applicants will be notified of their results in the following three methods. The University will not provide any information regarding the results by phone, fax, or e-mail.
        1. Website
        2. Application numbers (*) of applicants who are accepted into the University or invited to the 2nd screening interview will be available on the University’s English website from 10:00 AM (JST) on the result notification dates for one week.
          *Your Application number will be shown in the ‘Examination Sheet’ available for download from ‘Ritsu-Mate’ from 10:00 AM (JST) on the previous day of the 1st screening result notification date.
        3. Ritsu-Mate [for final result only]
        4. The result of the applicant can be confirmed from the “Examination Result” button on “Ritsu-Mate” from 10:00 AM (JST) on the result notification date for one week.
        5. Postal Mail
        6. The University notifies the results to the successful applicants by registered mail to addresses in Japan, or by courier to addresses outside of Japan. It may take a few days to reach applicants. Contact the International Admissions Office if you do not receive the result within 7 days. The University will not send out the results to the applicants who were not accepted into the university.

    After Admissions

    Once you have completed your application and are admitted to RU, you must take these steps.